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January 7, 2018 / 00:02
13 days ago

Girls, cutting tomatoes on a hot day

One day I was cutting tomatos and suddenly had an idea for the new painting. «I’ll use pencils, acrylic and watercolors together,» — was I thinking while sketching.


I noticed that the pose and face of one of the women on my sketch reminds Ingre’s La Grande Odalisque (not the albino monkey, but the pencil face on the left)

La Grande Odalisque, Ingres, 1814

Did you notice that her hand is too long, and the left leg is in impossible pose? Well I did, but only after reading about it in wikipedia.

So, this is my Grande Odalisque, but in her normal life, while she is cutting tomatoes after swimming with friends in the river.


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Tags: inspiration, my art, words

November 17, 2017 / 02:55
More than 2 months ago

Olympia’s weekend (after Manet)

Last weeks I was working on my new painting «Olympia’s weekend».

It is homage to Manet’s «Olympia» famous painting, but also to amazing moving sculpture by Paul Spooner. I saw it a few years ago in automata’s exhibition, and was absolutely charmed. The black lady became an egyptian god Anubis, and you can see how annoyed Olympia is breathing heavily, but shows no attention to him.

Olympia by Paul Spooner.

This is the oryginal Olympia by Manet, (c. 1863):

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Tags: portrait, inspiration, funny, art process, Olympia

October 9, 2016 / 16:32
More than year ago

my genes :)

My kids sometimes create really cool illustrations. Ok, every parent is sure that his kids are genius, but for my opinion this funny bird is great, so we printed a t-shirt with it.


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Tags: design, family_archive, fashion, inspiration, michelle, michelle's_tshirts, my_life, stupid ideas

October 29, 2015 / 15:25
More than 2 years ago

Coffee break


Tags: family_archive, inspiration, michelle

October 7, 2015 / 09:18
More than 2 years ago

Monsters! Monsters! Monsters!

My masterclass at «Family Paint» had great success! Kids and parents made many funny monsters!


cool monsters made in my workshop

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Tags: art process, children, collaboration, exhibitions, funny, handmade, inspiration, itay, life in tel aviv, my_life

October 20, 2014 / 00:04
More than 3 years ago

Finding little treasures in big museums

Last week I had a birthday, and as a present got from my mum a room in a little hotel near Jerusalem. In the morning we planned to go swimming in the hotel’s pool, but then I discovered that I forgot the swimming suits, so we decided to go to the Art Museum instead. Every time I visit there, I hurry up to regional crafts parts. It is full of inspiration, design ideas, strange creatures, old legends — everything I love so much.


little treasures of Jerusalem Museum


Tags: children, inspiration, my_life

June 25, 2013 / 11:53
More than 4 years ago

a little poem by vero4ka

знаешь, если искать врага — обретаешь его в любом.
вот, пожалуй, спроси меня — мне никто не страшен:
я спокоен и прям и знаю, что впереди.
я хожу без страховки с факелом надо лбом
по стальной струне, натянутой между башен,
когда снизу кричат только: «упади».

разве они знают, чего мне стоило ремесло.
разве они видели, сколько раз я орал и плакал.
разве ступят на ветер, нащупав его изгиб.
они думают, я дурак, которому повезло.
если я отвечу им, я не удержу над бровями факел.
если я отвечу им, я погиб.

by vero4ka

Tags: inspiration

June 22, 2013 / 22:37
More than 4 years ago

Inspiration: Joana Vasconcelos

Joana Vasconcelos is mazing french artist, based in Lisbon.

Tags: inspiration

June 7, 2013 / 17:04
More than 4 years ago

Double Mishmish

My daughter Michelle now is reading Erich Kastner’s book «Lottie and Lisa», about twin girls who were separated at birth and met by chance at summer camp. Today we made a very fun photosession, to make Michelle look like twins.



more photos of «double Michelle»

Tags: art process, children, inspiration, michelle, my_life

April 30, 2013 / 23:50
More than 4 years ago

Peter and the Wolf

The girls and me love to listen in the car to Prokofiev’s «Peter and the Wolf». We found this great version, with some narration which explains how musical instruments are connected to the personages of the story. As this is one of my favorite subjects (children and scary animals) I googled it a bit and found this great blog with a collection of vintage covers of vinyl records, all for «Peter and the Wolf» only.

my two favorites:


a few more covers

Tags: inspiration, reference, vintage

April 23, 2013 / 23:57
More than 4 years ago

hourse feels like velvet


Tags: children, inspiration, my_life, romy

March 21, 2013 / 00:38
More than 4 years ago

Family photo?

What a strange vintage photo I found today on the internet:


Tags: funny, inspiration, reference, vintage

February 6, 2013 / 12:57
More than 4 years ago

inspiration: Red Valentino winter/fall 2013/14

Surfing through blogs, I bumped into new collection of Red Valentino. I love it so much: the fabrics, the clothes, the styling, the photography and the face expressions of the model — she has that look which I always try to catch in my works.


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Tags: fashion, inspiration, patterns

February 5, 2013 / 11:04
More than 4 years ago

Anna Gavalda: La Consolante

Great book by Anna Gavalda. Really recommend you, if you (like me) love books by Kundera, Heinrich Boll, Dovlatov.

* По русски книга называется «Утешительная партия игры в петанк».

Tags: inspiration

January 8, 2013 / 09:21
More than 5 years ago

Little monsters from Denmark

Recently I got an email from Denmark, that made me feel very happy:

«Hey Lena
I’m an artist from Denmark — and I also teach at an artschool for children. By incidence I came by your website, and I was very inspired by your artwork. I decided to show your work to the children, and they all made a picture of a tamed monster. Maybe you will like to see the children’s work? They are between 6 and 9 years old.
You`ll find a link here

Thank you, Jane and kids, your monsters are so beautiful!

by Anna

to see more amazing monsters that children made


Tags: children, collaboration, inspiration, michelle

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